by Fred Lowery

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Dr. Fred Lowery
1 Peter 5:8-9; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 5:22; Ephesians 2:8-10; Matthew 19:17; James 3:10-13; Proverbs 14:12; 1 Timothy 5:9-19; 1 Timothy 5:8; Galatians 6:10; Psalm 139:23-24
April 19, 2009

We are talking about the Fruit of the Spirit and we have been doing that now for a while. I thought the one today would be easy and I would have trouble finding enough to say just to do this one fruit called goodness. But I found just the opposite. I find that I have a lot more that I want to tell you than I can tell you in my time. Because it’s a lot more there than you think when you hear the word goodness. You see the object of the fruit of the spirit is to produce good people. People who are Christ-like, God-like in the way they live, the way they love, the way they do good deeds. Good people. Now if I were to ask you this morning, just put down on a piece of paper people in this church that you think are good people. You know you could just look around there on your row and say well you know I think that person is a, Tom down there is a pretty good guy so I might right down Tom, down here. What if I asked you to do that? How many good people could you come up with? Well here is the interesting thing. You probably don’t have any idea whether a person on your row is good or not. Because the things we go by are not the things that really matter. We go by things like they are nice, they speak to you, dress nice and look like our kind of people. They go to a good church they can’t be too bad. Or they have a decent job. Good people. See we are always involved in the externals, God is always involved in the heart and goodness translates into every area of life, which means a good heart, and good thoughts, and good actions and good deeds. And goodness is at the very heart of character. What you are when nobody is watching. Or when nobody could find out at least you think. How good are you then ...

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